Statistics on Homelessness in DuPage County
Average age of a homeless person in DuPage County: 8 years old
Child poverty rate in DuPage County (1): 11%
DuPage County residents who live in poverty (1): 71,040 residents, or 7.8% of DuPage County residents
DuPage County residents who live in extreme poverty (2): 28,384 residents, or 3.1% of DuPage County residents
Fair market monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in DuPage County (3): $958
Number of hours needed to work, per week, at minimum age to afford rent (3): 89 hours
Unemployment rate in DuPage County as of Nov 2013 (4): 6.5%, or 34,372 DuPage County residents
1 The U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 and 2011 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, www.census.gov/did/www/saipe
2 2011 American Community Services Survey, www.dupagehomeless.org
3 National Low Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach 2012, http://nlihc.org/oor/2012
4 Illinois Department of Employment Security's Local Area Unemployment Statistics http://lmi.ides.state.il.us/laus/lausmenu.htm
One Night survey
A One Night survey conducted on January 29, 2014 indicated that 625 persons in DuPage County were homeless on that night. This is a reduction from 636 in 2013.
216 persons in emergency shelter
409 persons in transitional housing
66 of the sheltered persons were chronically homeless – Of these, there were 64 individuals and 1 family (2 persons).
There were 76 youth between the ages of 18-24 in shelter or transitional housing on that night.
For more complete information please see the 2014 Homeless Populations Chart. The next Homeless Count is scheduled for January 2015.
Source: DuPage County Continuum, www.dupagehomeless.org
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